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IBM puts Big Data in a PowerLinux box

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IBM's latest PowerLinux server is aimed at Big Data and other analytics applications.

The IBM PowerLinux 7R4 server can be configured with up to four sockets and 32 cores, making it ideal for compute-intensive workloads such as analytics, according to company officials.

IBM's PowerVM virtualisation software allows a 7R4 server to be partitioned to run Red Hat or SUSE Linux at the same time as the company's AIX or i operating systems, or both.

IBM also announced that Cognos Business Intelligence is now available for Power Systems running Linux, along with DB2, WebSphere and InfoSphere.

Company officials also said that EnterpriseDB's Postgres Plus Advanced Server was now available for Power Systems running Linux, giving customers the option of a low-cost database for existing or new applications.

"More clients are choosing IBM’s Power Systems designed to handle mission critical and complex cloud and big data workloads in an open Linux environment," said IBM Power Systems general manager Doug Balog.

"Responding to this need, we are aggressively investing in our open ecosystem - including new products, applications and collaborations - that support today's emerging Linux workloads.”

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